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US2010374A
US2010374A US59893032A US2010374A US 2010374 A US2010374 A US 2010374A US 59893032 A US59893032 A US 59893032A US 2010374 A US2010374 A US 2010374A
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    • B60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60QARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60Q1/00Arrangements or adaptations of optical signalling or lighting devices
    • B60Q1/26Arrangements or adaptations of optical signalling or lighting devices the devices being primarily intended to indicate the vehicle, or parts thereof, or to give signals, to other traffic
    • B60Q1/32Arrangements or adaptations of optical signalling or lighting devices the devices being primarily intended to indicate the vehicle, or parts thereof, or to give signals, to other traffic for indicating vehicle sides, e.g. clearance lights
    • B60Q1/323Arrangements or adaptations of optical signalling or lighting devices the devices being primarily intended to indicate the vehicle, or parts thereof, or to give signals, to other traffic for indicating vehicle sides, e.g. clearance lights on or for doors or running boards, e.g. to facilitate acces to the vehicle

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Aug. 6, 1935.

v c. PISSIS 2,010,374

SAFETY LIGHT FOR AUTOMOBILES Filed March 15. 1952 iwze 2.

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Patented Aug. 6, 1935 UNITED STATES- PATENT o FVFVICE SAFETY LIGHT Fort AUTOMOBILES V CoraPissis, San Francisco, Cali f. Application March15, 1932, Serial No. 598,930 ;1 Claim. (01. 240583;

The invention relates to an illuminating device designed. to be carried on an automobile so that the position of the latter with reference to the road will be clearly indicated at night and in 5 inclementweather. I

' i An object of the invention is to provide a simple device of the character described which will illuminateportions of the automobile and the roadway thereunder and at the side thereof whereby the exact position of the automobile with respect to the roadway will be plainly indicated to the driver of the automobile carrying the device as well as to a driver of an approaching automobile.

Another object of the invention is to provide a device of the character described which will not only afford the advantages aforesaid, but will serve as a beacon which will be visible from the side as well as the front of the automobile at both close and long range.

A further object is to provide a device of the character described which is inexpensive in construction, may be easily secured in position, permits of the ready replacement of parts without requiring the detachment of the device from the automobile, is easily kept clean, and does not require any attention on the part of the driver.

The invention possesses other objects and features of advantage, some of which, with the foregoing, will be set forth in the following description of the preferred forms of the invention which are illustrated in the drawing accompanying and forming part of the specification. It is to be understood, however, that variations in the showing made by the said drawings and description may be adopted within the scope of the invention as set forth in the claim.

Referring to said drawing:

Figure 1 is a perspective of an automobile equipped with the device of my invention.

Figure 2 is a side view of the device on a larger scale.

Figure 3 is a vertical transverse sectional view of the device.

Figure 4 is a view similar to Figure 3, but showing a slightly modified form of the source of illumination.

Figure 5 is a side view of the device in a modifled form.

ning boards 9 thereof.

Ordinarily the device is arranged to be positioned under the running board at the left hand side of the automobile and to extend therealong with the light opening l2 of the housing preferably parallel to and just inwardly of theouter edge l3 of the board. The opening I! preferably extends for the full length of 'the housing and the latter is desirably of considerablelength so that an opening of about20 inches is"available. The housing is designed to be held immediately under the board and while the housing is as above stated quite long, its height on the other hand is relatively small so that it projects downwardly from the board a minimum extent and therefore does not appreciably impair the road clearance of the car body. Attachment of the housing to the board may be by means of screws l0 extending through the upper side of the housing.

The housing is preferably formed with but a top wall 14 and rear wall 16 so that the opening l2 which is formed between the forward edge of the top wall and the lower edge of the rear wall is obliquely disposed. Positioned inv the housing is an electric-bulb socket member [1 carrying a lamp bulb l8 and arranged for suitable connection with an electric battery or other source of current on the automobile. Owing to the position of the bulb and the relation and form of the opening, the direct rays from the light will be directed downwardly under the automobile and outwardly toward the side thereof. Within the housing is also a reflector l8 which extends the full length of the opening l2 and is so designed that the rays from the lamp directed thereon will for the most part be reflected outwardly through the opening in substantially the same manner as the direct rays. A suitable opening l9 is provided in the reflector for the socket member IT.

The opening I2 is preferably covered with a glass plate or lens 2|, and the latter is as here shown mounted in a frame 22 which is hingedly connected to the lower edge of the rear wall l6. Suitable screws 23 or other fastening means are employed for holding the top of the frame in position against the forward edge of the top wall M. In this manner the frame and glass will be effectively retained in closed position, yet at the same time they may be readily moved to open position to permit access to the interior of the housing. Preferably the reflector is of such form and size that its forward edges will bear against the plate 2| and thereby resiliently retain the latter against any vibration when in closed position.

In addition to the opening l2, one or both of. the end walls of the casing are formed of glass so upon the adjacent wheels of the automobile. It will now be clear that when the device is illuminated, such as at night or in inclement weather, a concentrated mass of light will be projected on the roadway both under the automobile and adjacent the side thereof and against the wheels of the automobile at the same side. In this way the driver of said automobile, as well as a driver of an approaching vehicle, will have clearly designated to each of them the exact position .of the automobile with reference to the roadway, both when the automobile is stationary as well as in motion. As a result of the foregoing, collisions and side-swiping may be prevented and increased safety in driving will be assured. I

While I have here shown two lamps in the housing, it will be obvious that the number :of lamps used may be changed, or the form of .the lamps changed. For instance, if desired, a lamp 26 of the neon gas type with transformer 2-? :may be employed as shown inFigure +1.

Owing to the fact that the .lightzor the reflector in the housing is visible from the openend thereof, as well as from the opening 112, the device of my invention also serves :as abeacon since a "person approaching the" automobile from'the' front or side will readilysee such light at either long or short range. If desired :as :shown in Figure :5,

that light rays from the lamp may be directed the housing may be inclined so that the rear end will project further downwardly from the running board and thus increase the visibility of the light from the front and side of the automobile. It will thus be seen that the device of my invention is well adapted to the accomplishment of all of the objects hereinbefore referred to.

I claim:

In a safety device of the character described, a light source, a housing therefor arranged to be positioned on an automobile under the running board thereof and having a front opening portion through which the rays from said light are projected on the roadway under the automobile and at the side thereof, and an end opening portion through which rays from said light are projected against a wheel of the automobile to illuminate same-at thesame time the road is illuminated as aforesaid, said first and second opening portions being respectively visible from the side and front of the automobile,:said housing comprising aicasingihaving a portion thereof disposed for attachmentito the under side of the running .boardand a second portion depending from said first apertion, and a transparent cover hingedly mounted :OIliSQldSEOOIId portion and detachably secured to said first portion. q

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US5017903A (en) * 1989-02-21 1991-05-21 Krippelz Sr Jacob Emergency light
US6244734B1 (en) 1997-12-09 2001-06-12 Cooper Automotive Products, Inc. Step-up/running board optical waveguide illumination assembly
US6250785B1 (en) * 1999-09-10 2001-06-26 Algonquin Industries International, Inc. Light tube running board lighting
US6392559B1 (en) * 1995-09-27 2002-05-21 Ford Global Technologies, Inc. Underbody and adjacent lighting for automotive vehicle
US6505963B1 (en) * 2001-06-29 2003-01-14 Shun-Fa Chiang Illuminating rubbing strip for a car
US6616312B2 (en) * 2001-11-20 2003-09-09 Gentex Corporation Convenience lighting for interior and exterior vehicle applications
US6709137B1 (en) 1999-07-02 2004-03-23 Decoma International Corporation Assembly including illuminated step pad
US20100271837A1 (en) * 2009-04-28 2010-10-28 Honda Access Corp. Vehicular illumination device
US20120268960A1 (en) * 2011-04-19 2012-10-25 Kiser Lawrence E Safety light for trailers
USRE44787E1 (en) 2002-09-20 2014-03-04 Bus Safety Lights, Llc Adjustable elevated light for transportation vehicles
US20140098550A1 (en) * 2012-10-04 2014-04-10 Hon Yu Auto Parts Co., Ltd. Light Adjustable Car Threshold Pedal
US20140357155A1 (en) * 2013-05-29 2014-12-04 Stephen Koehl Tracer race cars and track

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* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
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US5017903A (en) * 1989-02-21 1991-05-21 Krippelz Sr Jacob Emergency light
US6392559B1 (en) * 1995-09-27 2002-05-21 Ford Global Technologies, Inc. Underbody and adjacent lighting for automotive vehicle
US6244734B1 (en) 1997-12-09 2001-06-12 Cooper Automotive Products, Inc. Step-up/running board optical waveguide illumination assembly
US6709137B1 (en) 1999-07-02 2004-03-23 Decoma International Corporation Assembly including illuminated step pad
US6250785B1 (en) * 1999-09-10 2001-06-26 Algonquin Industries International, Inc. Light tube running board lighting
US6505963B1 (en) * 2001-06-29 2003-01-14 Shun-Fa Chiang Illuminating rubbing strip for a car
US6616312B2 (en) * 2001-11-20 2003-09-09 Gentex Corporation Convenience lighting for interior and exterior vehicle applications
USRE44787E1 (en) 2002-09-20 2014-03-04 Bus Safety Lights, Llc Adjustable elevated light for transportation vehicles
US20100271837A1 (en) * 2009-04-28 2010-10-28 Honda Access Corp. Vehicular illumination device
US8007148B2 (en) * 2009-04-28 2011-08-30 Honda Access Corp. Vehicular illumination device
CN101875329A (en) * 2009-04-28 2010-11-03 株式会社本田阿克塞斯 Vehicular illumination device
US20120268960A1 (en) * 2011-04-19 2012-10-25 Kiser Lawrence E Safety light for trailers
US8770809B2 (en) * 2011-04-19 2014-07-08 Lawrence E Kiser Safety light for trailers
US20140098550A1 (en) * 2012-10-04 2014-04-10 Hon Yu Auto Parts Co., Ltd. Light Adjustable Car Threshold Pedal
US20140357155A1 (en) * 2013-05-29 2014-12-04 Stephen Koehl Tracer race cars and track

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